Proposals to reform farmed and wild fisheries, but what do you think?


The management of wild and farmed fisheries is set to be reformed by the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill.

The legislation proposes a number of significant changes to the management of farmed and wild fisheries. The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee is calling for your view on the impact of these proposals.

Convener of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee Rob Gibson MSP said:

“The fish farming industry in Scotland is undoubtedly a key pillar of our economy, providing a much needed source of employment in some of our most rural communities, as well being one of Scotland’s most valuable global food exports.

“Preserving Scotland’s seas and rivers is not only critical for our environment but for the communities where freshwater fishing plays a significant role. But do the measures set out in this legislation provide a balance between fresh water fishing and the fish farming industry and if so is it the right one?” 

In order to inform the Committee’s scrutiny of the general principles of the Bill, the Committee is looking for your views.


The Rural Affairs, Environment and Climate Change Committee is considering the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 of the legislative process.

The deadline for response to the call for evidence is 26 November.

  • Picture 1: Salmon leaping at the Falls of Shinn (Gary Henderson/Creative Commons)
  • Picture 2: Fish farm in Eilean Siar (Crown Copyright)

Submit your views

You can submit your views to the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee's call for evidence by 26 November.

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